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Introducing Shrimp!

If you've visited the Herpetarium recently, you may have noticed a new animal in one of the larger exhibits, along with a "Do Not Disturb" sign.  While most adults seem to question what this new addition is, almost every child guesses correctly with "It's a Komodo Dragon!!"  That she is...please help us welcome Shrimp to the Memphis Zoo!   Her addition to the collection is a big milestone for the Reptile Department; she was brought here specifically to be part of... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fall Displays of Mums

Fall color is best depicted through garden mums. It is time to say good-bye to our summer perennials and annuals and say hello to a different palette. Chrysanthemums are hardy and come in a variety of bloom shapes and colors. They provide that wonderful transition to the winter garden. Their bloom time occurs during October into November.    At the Memphis Zoo, we have several Fall Displays to provide your family a wealth of photo opportunities. There is a mum bed tucked in between... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, October 18, 2013

Memphis Zoo Hatches First Clutch of West African Black Crowned Crane Chicks

MEMPHIS, TENN. –  The Memphis Zoo is proud to announce the hatching of a clutch of West African Black Crowned Cranes. Three chicks hatched between August 30 and September 1.  This is a genetically important birth within the crane community, due to the fact that the mother of the chicks is a “founder.” A founder is the first in a genetic line. This means that her genetics were previously unrepresented in the zoo population.  “This is a very significant breeding,” said Carol... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Memphis Zoo Mourns the Loss of Tombi the Rhino

The Memphis Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the death of “Tombi,” the Zoo’s Southern white rhinoceros. Tombi died September 27 at the age of 41 after her health began to dramatically decline earlier this month.   As Zoo keepers and veterinarians began to notice her decline, she was put on Zoo hospice care to closely monitor her health and keep her as comfortable as possible. Out of the Zoo’s deep love for this animal, the decision was made to euthanize her in order to avoid... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Friday, September 27, 2013

Rice...And HarvestFest!

Rice is grown in six states. Arkansas produces more than 50 percent rice in the U.S. There are specialty varieties or long, medium or short grain rice. The Rice Federation has developed a great website that showcases rice, its nutritional information, publications and its farm assistance.    You will find our Rice Paddy Pond at the corner of the Pig Exhibit. It is a raised bed filled with water. We raised three 24” x 36’ planters with bricks. Inside the planters, we filled the... Read More
Posted by Zoo Info at Tuesday, September 24, 2013